(This post is inspired by Amanda Smith's Spark Within Me August Blog Challenge. <-- Click the link to participate with us now!)
This is my blog post on "Favorite Quote" updated on August 5 to include a broadcast about "Keeping the Channel Open" which is one of the strongest aspects of this quote from Martha Graham.
I wrote for five minutes (yes, a #5for5Brain Dump!) on the topic of "Keep the Channel Open" which is the foundation, the grounding and the divine inspiration behind this quote.
Keep the Channel Open….Five minute write….
I take a deep breath before I begin.
Keep the channel open, Julie… keep the channel open.
This quote has meant so much to me, to remind me why it is important that I do my work – that I engage with the people who might be served by my work and to just keep doing it, even when kerfuddled or bewildered, like I feel today.
Keep the channel open when bewildered or kerfuddled, which I don’t even know whether it’s a word or not.
Keep the channel open even when tired, because sometimes keeping the channel open means going to sleep. Sometimes it means laughing out loud at something ridiculous, like Cameron’s cartoon character version of answering the phone today.
Keep the channel open may mean reaching out to friends and saying, “I’m not feeling well,” and instead of believing somehow they will hate you for the rest of your life, they will receive your words with grace, thinking “How may I come alongside Julie so that she may feel better and more capable tomorrow?
Keep the channel open may mean looking at someone with a wide open heart, even if that person has hurt you repeatedly.
Keep the channel open so that you will be the patron saint of “alive and well and present and warm. And feeling loved, even and especially while fast asleep.”
Keep the channel open so that you may be superbly human and transparent, fiercely super powered so you may take on any challenge with panache. And…
There is applause coming from inside my computer which makes me laugh. Remembering this will keep my channel open!
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